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8 budget-friendly balcony decor ideas

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WordsMegan Lambert


Ah, the joys of gardening. Getting your hands dirty and your fingers green. Even if you've only got a balcony to work with, you can still jump on the botanical bandwagon. That's why we're sharing our eight budget-friendly balcony decor ideas so you can give your outdoor space a spruce up without it costing the earth.

Balcony decor idea: paint pots

Life lesson No. 386 we wish we'd known when we entered adulthood: how expensive plant pots can be. So why not upcycle your old ones and use up your leftover paint? We've always said a dose of colour is a fun and effective way to add character to a small space. The same applies to livening up your balcony. So get your paint brushes at the ready and create some colourful patterns and designs. Or create an in-vogue distressed look by whitewashing your terracotta pots with paint. For the best results, we recommend using our range of exterior and masonry paints.

Balcony decor idea: paint or upcycle furniture

Got some tired outdoor furniture? Give it a facelift by adding a pop of colour. A great way to upcycle otherwise past their best furnishings and give them a new lease of life. Whether it's metal outdoor tables and chairs that have been outside one winter too long or you're upcycling indoor furnishings that would have ended up at the tip, for the best and most durable finish, do it with our range of exterior and masonry paints. For expert guidance, why not take a look at our tips and tricks on how to paint your garden furniture.

Balcony decor idea: invest in lighting

There is nothing, we repeat, nothing that makes an outdoor space more magical than outdoor lighting. If you do one thing to transform your balcony, hanging festoon lighting will have the most dramatic effect on an evening’s entertainment. For durability, we recommend investing in good quality lights. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.

Balcony decor idea: go bohemian with floor pillows

We're big fans of boho, and we've written at length on how to bring a bohemian decor style into your home. Now we’re going to help you bring it to your balcony. Floor pillows and scatter cushions are a great way to do this. If you've got a covered balcony, go for woolen or woven materials—the choice is yours. 

If, however, you're open to the Great British elements, then go for something a little hardier. From ottomans to floor pouffes, opt for jute, leather or even low slung rattan seating for longer-lasting soft furnishings that will create a relaxed vintage feel.